This coming Friday we'll see WBA #1 ranked Super Bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] take on former WBC Bantamweight challenger Carlos Carlson (23-5, 14), as part of a stacked card on DAZN in the US.
Interestingly, for what we see as a bit of a pointless mismatch, the UK bookies have actually priced this bout up, and have unsurprisingly made Akhmadaliev the clear betting favourite. In fact the unbeaten Uzbek is pretty much unbackable, with a price of 1/33 on him to pick up a win and continue his perfect winning run. The talented Uzbek is a star in the making, but this bout is seen as little more than a tune up ahead of a world title bout later in the year.
Carlson on the other hand is available as 12/1 to pick up the win, which would easily be the biggest win of his career. He has lost 4 of his last 5, including stoppage losses to Shinsuke Yamanaka and Genesis Servania. Another loss here completely ends his hope of getting a second world title shot.
The draw is also available out there, with odds of 25/1
At the moment these are the only odds available in the UK, though we wouldn't be surprised to see more markets become available later in the week.
Earlier today Olamsport reported that WBA #1 ranked Super Bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] would be returning to the ring later this week.
The talented Uzbek hopeful, who is expected to getting a world title shot later this year, will face off against former WBC Bantamweight challenger Carlos Carlson (23-5, 14).
The bout has seemingly been made on short notice, and will take place in LA on Friday, as part of a Thompson boxing show at the Double Tree Hotel.
The bout is expected to be little more than a tune up for the Uzbek, who is an exceptional talent, and it'll be great to see him back in the ring, though the contest will do little to prepare him for his eventual world title fight. As for Carlson this is another relatively high profile bout, though he has lost 4 of his last 5, including stoppage losses to Shinsuke Yamanaka and Genesis Servania.
Just moments ago DAZN confirmed the date and venue for the very highly anticipated rematch between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26).
The bout, which had been in the works for a while, will take place on April 26th at the Forum in Los Angeles, the same venue that the two fought their first bout, back in February 2018.
Their first bout saw Srisaket narrowly retain his title with a majority decision in a sensational 12 round back and forth. The bout saw the Thai icon being pushed hard late on, though his work earlier in the fight secured him the win. Since then he has scored 2 wins in Thailand whilst Estrada has picked up a couple of wins in the US.
Notably the show will also feature the IBF and WBA Super Bantamweight unification bout between TJ Doheny and Daniel Roman in an excellent match up. Interesting the winner will have several men swirling, with mandatory challengers Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], for the WBA title, and Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], for the IBF title, both eyeing up the winner.
Yesterday the WBA announced that the purse for their Cruiserweight title bout between Kazakh world champion Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12) [Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов] and Frenchman Arsen Goulamirian (24-0, 16) had been rescheduled, again.
Originally the purse bids were set for February 4th, then February 6th and now they are set for February 13th.
There was no clear reason given, but it should be noted that there was several other purse bids set for February 6th, today, and it seems like they are set to be cancelled due to fighters taking unification bouts. This is the case at Super Bantamweight, where world champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10) looks set to unify with IBF champion TJ Doheny (21-0, 15), and at Lightweight, where Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1, 9) and Richard Commey (28-2, 25) will look to unify the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
As a result of the unification bouts we'll see the mandatory title bouts at Super Bantamweight, featuring Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] and a Lightweight, with Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13) being put on the back burner, for now at least.
Given the unification bouts it makes sense to cancel the purse bids at 122lbs and 130lbs though delaying the Cruiserweight doesn't make much sense.
Earlier this month the WBA ordered several purse bids, though had confusing time frames for several of them. Today however they set new dates for the 4 purse bids that they had previously ordered.
Whilst several of those bouts don't concern the Asian boxing scene, 2 of them do. They are the Cruiserweight title bout between Kazakhstan's Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12) [Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов] and Frenchman Arsen Goulamirian (24-0, 16), as well as the Super Bantamweight bout between Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], from Uzbekistan, and American world champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10).
The bouts have been changed from February 4th to February 6th.
As well as changing the dates the WBA also announced the purse splits. For the Super Bantamweight title bout the purse will be split 75/25, in favour of the champion, whilst the Cruiserweight bout will be split 55/45, again in favour of the champion.
The minimum bids for the bouts have been set at $200,000 for the Cruiserweight contest and $120,000 for the Super Bantamweight bout.
As well as the two with an Asian interest there will also be a Heavyweight title bout and a Lightweight title bout with purse bids taking place at the same time.
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